Commission takes its innovation policy to Web Summit in Lisbon next week

Since the beginning of the mandate, the Juncker Commission has been working hard to give Europe’s many innovative entrepreneurs every opportunity to become world leading companies. Against this backdrop, Commissioners NavracsicsVestager, Moedas and King will participate in various activities at the Web Summit, one of the world’s largest technology conferences taking place in Lisbon on 6-9 November. On Monday evening at 19.40, Commissioner Vestager gives an on-stage interview on “fair play and tech”. On Tuesday morning, Commissioners Vestager and Moedas will join the European Commission #InvestEU stand at the summit and promote the EU Women Innovators Prize which is awarded to four outstanding women every year on 8 March. They will also participate in a Facebook Live chat on women investors at 9.00. Then at 10.20, Commissioner Moedas will award the €1 million iCapital – 2017 European Capital of Innovation Prize for which ten cities are shortlisted. At 11.30, Commissioner King will speak in a panel on creating a collaborative (cyber) security. In parallel Commissioner Vestager gives a speech on how the EU protects competition. At 13.30 Commissioner Navracsics will participate in the panel discussion “No one left behind: The skills your children need to know”. On Wednesday morningat 10.45, Commissioner Moedas will give a keynote speech on costs and benefits of publicly funded research. During the Web Summit, Commissioners will have the opportunity to present and discuss the Commission’s initiatives to support innovators, including the Juncker Plan, the “Start-up and Scale-up Initiative” and funding for market-oriented research and breakthrough innovation. Time schedule above is in local time.